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  • France supports restoration of Benin royal heritage
    08 december 2002 18:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- France has donated some 26 million CFA francs for the rehabilitation of the Palace of King Glele of Dahomey (now Benin), who reigned from 1858 to 1889, royal sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Africalia takes stock of activities
    08 december 2002 12:03:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Belgian Foundation for the Promotion of African Art (Africalia) will meet 18 December to take stock of activities in the year ending and contemplate projects for 2003, sources at the Foundation told PANA Saturday in Brussels. Full text...

  • 9th International Casablanca Book Fair 9-15 December
    05 december 2002 08:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 9th Casablanca International Publication and Book Fair has been fixed for 9-15 December in the Moroccan city, organisers said. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief to visit Burundi
    03 december 2002 22:21:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura starts a two-day working visit to Burundi on Wednesday being part of his tour of the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Congo hosts Central African crafts and fashion fair
    02 december 2002 16:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The maiden edition of a Central African crafts and fashion fair (SAMA 2002) opened Sunday in Brazzaville at the Alphonse Massamba-Debat Stadium. Full text...

  • Benin village to host International movie festival
    30 november 2002 20:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ouidah, a former slave trading post, some 40-km from Cotonou, will 8-19 January 2003, host an International movie festival, organisers said in the Benin commercial capital. Full text...

  • Benin's Imonle, wins best prize at Yaounde drama festival
    30 november 2002 18:53:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Imonle, a play by Benin theatre company Agbo Nkoko, won the best prize at the just-ended Cameroon's International drama festival (RETIC), company officials said in Cotonou Saturday. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy performs in Cotonou
    29 november 2002 19:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian music star Alpha Blondy is to stage a big concert in Cotonou, Benin Saturday, organisers announced Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts Africa Fête festival 2002 next month
    29 november 2002 07:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal is set to host the second edition of the International Festival of African Music, dubbed Africa Fête, 11-15 December, according to organisers of the continental event. Full text...

  • Four African writers to take part in 'Doors of Africa' tour
    28 november 2002 21:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four African writers will take part in the "Portes d'Afrique" (Doors of Africa) tour aimed at giving "positive image" of the continent through a nine-month sea journey, organisers told PANA. Full text...

  • Benin's Slave Route project to be made UNESCO heritage
    26 november 2002 22:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's "La Route de l'Esclave" (Slave Route), a project meant to follow the road taken by the country's slaves from their villages to their final destinations, is set to be designated as a UNESCO world heritage, Olabiyi Yai, a Benin ambassador to UNESCO, said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Play about 'Senegalese infantrymen' a hit in France
    23 november 2002 19:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The play "Histoire de soldats ou le masque boiteux" (Soldiers' story or the lame mask), by an Ivorian film director, is currently thriller in France. Full text...

  • Congolese, Gabonese artists win BEAC contest
    22 november 2002 16:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Congolese Georges Wabi and Gabonese Icar Mouloumba have respectively won the painting and sculpture contest organised by the Central African States Bank (BEAC) on the occasion of its 30th anniversary which ended Friday. Full text...

  • Muslim protests spill over to Nigeria's federal capital
    22 november 2002 15:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muslims in Nigeria's federal capital city of Abuja spilled onto the streets after the Jumat prayers in the city's central mosque Friday, signalling fears that the protests which started in the northern city of Kaduna Wednesday may be spreading. Full text...

  • Relics of 'rebel slaves' discovered in Mauritius
    19 november 2002 18:06:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A research team from the Mauritian National Heritage Trust (NHT) has confirmed relics of African slaves or so-called "maroons," who revolted against their fate in the 18th and 19th centuries. Full text...

  • African writers pay tribute to Senghor and Bebey
    18 november 2002 19:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The second edition of Fest'Africa, the African writers' festival, ended Sunday in Lille, north France, with a tribute to two leading African poets who died last year. Full text...

  • Cheb Mami wins second world music award
    17 november 2002 18:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami has won the world Music Awardas the best Arabic language vocalist and the best disc seller in the Arab world. Full text...

  • 11th Cameroon Theatre festival opens Monday
    16 november 2002 20:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Sixteen countries are to take part in the 11th edition of Cameroon's International Theatre Festival (RETIC), starting Monday through 25 November in Yaounde, the organisers said. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates 30th anniversary of World Heritage Convention
    15 november 2002 19:17:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 500 heritage experts, as well as political and business leaders are gathered in Venice, Italy, for an international Congress organised by UNESCO to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to hold street arts festival
    14 november 2002 22:28:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's third edition of the Street Arts Festival (FAR) will be held from 21 to 24 November in Ouagadougou, with strong participation expected from local and foreign artists, organisers told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon's story telling festival kicks off
    13 november 2002 23:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The third edition of Cameroon's story telling festival, "Les Moments Contes," opened Wednesday in Yaounde with the participation of 10 groups from seven African countries, the organisers have said. Full text...

  • Cameroon's story telling festival kicks off
    13 november 2002 23:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The third edition of Cameroon's story telling festival, "Les Moments Contes," opened Wednesday in Yaounde with the participation of 10 groups from seven African countries, the organisers have said. Full text...

  • Troubled Indian Ocean cultural festival to be held in 2003
    13 november 2002 20:19:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The travelling Indian Ocean Festival, initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), will take place in Mauritius in April 2003, and will be organised by a Mauritian company, official sources disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Benin wins four awards at Ouagadougou crafts show
    11 november 2002 21:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin craftsmen have won four awards at the Ouagadougou International Crafts Show (SIAO) held from 25 October to 3 November in the Burkinabe capital, Culture, Crafts and Tourism Ministry officials have said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Theft of priceless artefacts in Kenyan museums on the rise
    09 november 2002 10:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan researchers and archaeologists have expressed deep concern about the steady loss of priceless materials from national museums and archives through illegal trafficking, saying a continuation of the trend could make the facilities irrelevant to researchers. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean music festival kicks off in Madagascar
    08 november 2002 22:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Leading musical bands of five Indian Ocean island nations will Saturday take part in a joint concert on Nosy Be Island, north of Madagascar. Full text...

  • Malagasy artists demand national recognition of arts
    08 november 2002 11:53:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The newly formed Association of Malagasy Artists has urged President Marc Ravalomanana to make arts an economic tool for the promotion of national development. Full text...

  • Mourides in France celebrate Bamba's return from exile
    06 november 2002 21:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Mouride community in France has planned events on 11 November to celebrate the centenary of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba's return from exile, a leader of the religious institution said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia, China agree to revive cultural ties
    06 november 2002 11:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia and China have signed a two-year cooperation agreement that will include exchanging delegations in the fields of culture, education, sports, media and film-making. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa launches tourist attraction documentary
    05 november 2002 19:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In a quest to revive tourism in Ethiopia, the Trade, Industry and Tourism Bureau in Addis Ababa has launched a 30-minute premier promotional documentary video film depicting tourist attraction sites in the city. Full text...

  • Second Bamako Book show begins Wednesday
    05 november 2002 16:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The second edition of the Bamako Book Show (SALIBA), co-organised by publishers, booksellers and professionals in Mali is scheduled 6-13 December and will focus on the theme: "the book for all," organisers said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African artist explores post-liberation Africa
    05 november 2002 11:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- On the African continent, liberation is being replaced by indifference, complacency, leadership cults and an international media profile that reflects paranoia and racist perceptions rivalling even the most backward of the pre-liberation era. Full text...

  • Over 10,000 attend FATEJ 2002 in Cameroon
    02 november 2002 17:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Organisers have put attendance at the ongoing 4th African Theatre Festival for Children and Youths (FATEJ) in Yaounde at 10,000, compared to 17,000 last year. Full text...

  • Emperor Theodore's amulet returned to Ethiopia
    02 november 2002 14:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The amulet worn by Emperor Theodore of Ethiopia during the 1867-1868 British expedition to Magdala was returned to Ethiopia Saturday, 135 years after the emperor committed suicide. Full text...

  • Benin welcomes Blacks from the Diaspora
    01 november 2002 12:15:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin was ready to welcome all Blacks in the Diaspora wishing to return to the land of their ancestors, Benin Minister of Culture, Handicrafts and Tourism, Amos Elegbe, announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Islands get cultural body
    30 october 2002 22:56:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Culture ministers from the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) have launched a new cultural cooperation organ (COCI-OI), sources confirmed Wednesday in Reunion. Full text...

  • Congolese painting gets Pablo Picasso award
    30 october 2002 22:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO has awarded the Pablo Picasso Medal to the Poto-Poto painting school in Brazzaville, a release of the Libreville-based International Centre of Bantu Civilisations (CICIBA) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Es'kia Mphahlele's new publication launched
    30 october 2002 13:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Es'kia, a collection of nearly 40 years of writing by the internationally acclaimed South African writer, Es'kia Mphahlele, was launched Tuesday night at a lavish function in Midrand near Pretoria. Full text...

  • Children's Theatre Festival kicks off in Yaounde
    29 october 2002 20:05:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the African Children's Theatre Festival (FATEJ) kicked off Tuesday at the French Cultural Centre in Yaounde with the participation of 10 groups from Africa and Europe. Full text...

  • Flora Gomez gets 80,000 euros to promote film
    28 october 2002 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Bissau Guinean film director Flora Gomez has landed a grant of 80,000 euros to promote her film 'Nha Fala' within the framework of a Francophonie scheme promoting films from the South. Full text...

  • Senegalese film wins first prize at Carthage festival
    28 october 2002 20:53:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- 'Price of Pardon,' a Senegalese film directed by Mansour Sora Wade won first prize (Golden Tanit) at the 2002 Carthage Film Festival (JCC 2002) that ended last Saturday in Tunis. Full text...

  • Mauritians commemorate Creole Day
    28 october 2002 20:26:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius marked the International Day of Creole Language Monday, with focus on the preservation and promotion of Creole arts and culture. Full text...

  • Scientists urged to research into African cultures
    28 october 2002 17:27:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Agriculture Minister Courage Quarshigah on Monday, urged scientists to research into African cultures and beliefs for the benefit of the citizens. Full text...

  • Senegalese writer announces new novel
    25 october 2002 21:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Moved by a growing attitude of people taking advantage of distress and emotions of others to make money, Senegalese novelist Aminata Sow Fall has come up with a title that she claims, "searches human nature. Full text...

  • Cezaria Evora to stage in Angola
    25 october 2002 08:26:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The celebrated Cape Verde singer Cezaria Evora is due in Luanda in November for three gala concerts, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts West African film festival
    23 october 2002 18:10:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian capital Bamako would 6-12 December host the 2nd edition of the festival West African "Free Film" festival, the organisers announced Wednesday, adding that it would feature about 20 movies directed by Africans. Full text...

  • World stars to close Luanda's 'Casa Blanca' season
    22 october 2002 23:48:00
    LUANDA- Angola (PANA) -- Several world music stars like Cisco, Tracy Chapman from the US, Britain's Sting and others from Africa and Latin America are expected to perform at a festival to mark the closure of the "Casa Blanca" yearly season in Luanda from 10-11 November. Full text...

  • First English Islamic satellite channel due launching
    22 october 2002 16:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The World's first English language Islamic Satellite TV channel, Al Majd 2, would begin transmissions this Ramadan from studios in Dubai Media City, Riyadh and Cairo. Full text...

  • Libya's Houn festival - part of Saharan tourism promotion
    17 october 2002 22:05:00
    Houn- Libya (PANA) -- Th Oasis of Houn, in the heart of the Libyan desert, 600 km south of Tripoli, this week hosted the seventh edition of the spring international tourist festival, which brought together artists, folk and musical bands from several regions of the country. Full text...

  • Italy hosts international colloquium on Angolan leader
    17 october 2002 17:41:00
    Rome- Italy (PANA) -- A two-day colloquium on the literary life of Angola's first and late president Agostinho Neto opened Thursday in Rome, Italy, according to the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

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